1936  Berlin Summer Olympics

1936 Summer Olympics - The Results (Aeronautics)

Aeronautics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games



Host City: Berlin, Germany
Date Started: August 16, 1936
Date Finished: August 16, 1936
Events: 1

Participants: 1 (1 men and 0 women) from 1 country
Youngest Participant: SUI Hermann Schreiber (26 years, 279 days)
Oldest Participant: SUI Hermann Schreiber (26 years, 279 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): SUI Hermann Schreiber (1 medal)
Most Medals (Country): SUI Switzerland (1 medal)



At the 1905 Olympic Congress in Brussels, a delegation of aero-club presidents (which included [Henry, Count de la Vaulx], who had competed in the 1900 Olympics in ballooning) presented their sport to the IOC. The Congress, impressed, adopted a resolution asked for an international federation to be formed to regulate the sport of flying. A few months later, the Fédération Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) was formed in Paris.

Strangely, the FAI was not recognized as an international federation by the IOC until 1938, when the sport of gliding was put on the Olympic program following a successful demonstration at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. However, in 1921 a prize for aeronautics appears in the minutes of the IOC Executive Committee meeting, together with a prize for alpinism. While the latter was awarded three times through 1936, the aeronautics prize remained unused for 15 years.

In 1946, the IOC Session decided to cancel the prize for aeronautics (along with that alpinism), and so 1936 remains the only time the prize was awarded at the Olympics.


Mixed Aeronautics

Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): , Berlin
Date Started: August 16, 1936
Date Finished: August 16, 1936


The Fédération Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) proposed that the 1936 Olympic aeronautics prize be awarded to [Hermann Schreiber]. The 1936 IOC Session, held at the Berlin Olympics, unanimously decided to go along with the proposal, awarding Schreiber the gold medal. Schreiber was actually present in Berlin to receive his award, as he also competed in the gliding demonstration held during the Olympics.

Schreiber had earned his prize in 1935. When glider pilots from Switzerland, Austria, Yugoslavia and Germany gathered on 7 September 1935 on the Jungfraujoch for a competition, Schreiber left with his S 18, a Swiss construction of 14.5 meters span, from the small town of Thun “to a point near the Jungfraujoch drag”, set off, received several low updrafts and landed in Bellinzona, after 90 km (straight line) and a 5½-hour flight, making him the first to cross the Alps with a glider.


Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal  
1 Hermann Schreiber 26 Switzerland SUI Gold  



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